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[nafex] Pawpaw Report

I have not contributed much to the list or Pomona in year I have been a
member of NAFEX and I hope this report is of some interest.

I live about ten miles from  Lansing, Michigan in zone 5.  I planted my two
trees about 9 years ago and the trees are now about 8 feet tall.   They have
been bearing fruit for three years.  The trees are from Corwin Davis here in
Michigan.  I think they are seedlings.  The fruit from these trees are
different in size and ripen about a week apart with the tree producing the
larger fruit ripen later.  

Today was my day to pick pawpaw.  I also picked up a few fruit last week
that dropped or been blown down.

  I picked 35 fruit with a total weight of a little over 18 pounds from one
tree.  The 3 largest fruit from the tree averaged about 1 pound per fruit.
The average weight of the fruit from this tree was a little over 8 ounces.
This seems like a decent yield. 

 I picked 32 fruit from the other tree with a total weight of about 7.5 lbs.
The largest fruit weighed 9 ounces.  The average weight of the fruit was
about 4 ounces.

I tried something new this year to improve pollination.   I purchased two
hang up fly traps that contained an attractant.  I soaked a pieces of cloth
with the attractant and wrapped one piece cloth around a branch in each
tree.  I don't know if this improved pollination or not but I thought it was
worth trying.  

Tom Volkening
Engineering Librarian
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Phone  517-432-1498
Fax       517-353-9041
Email     volkenin@mail.lib.msu.edu

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